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Angels Notes: Slumping Mike Trout takes a day off with a stiff neck

By in Press Enterprise on August 29, 2017

By Jeff Fletcher

ANAHEIM — Mike Trout’s stiff neck provided the Angels an opportunity to give their slumping star his first day off since the All-Star break.

Manager Mike Scioscia said Trout was not in the Angels lineup on Monday night because of a stiff neck, the result of hitting the wall trying to make a game-saving catch on Sunday afternoon.

“We’ll hold him out as a precaution,” Scioscia said. “Hopefully he’ll be back in there tomorrow.”

Coincidentally, the day off comes as Trout is hitless in his last 17 at-bats, the second longest drought of his career. He had an 0-for-18 slump in August 2014. He has just three hits in his last 31 at-bats.

Speaking after Sunday’s game, Trout and Scioscia said the slump is just part of the normal ebb and flow of a baseball season. Trout said his timing has been off.

Trout missed nearly seven weeks of the season, through June and early July, after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his thumb. He returned July 14, just after the All-Star break, and had started 39 games in a row, before Monday. He was the only Angels player who hadn’t had a day off since the break.

THOUGHTS AT HOME

Cliff Pennington has had his attention glued to the situation back in Houston, where his wife and three young children (ages 7, 3 and 2) are holed up in their house, riding out Hurricane Harvey.

So far, Pennington said his home in suburban Houston hasn’t flooded, but there is water in the streets and his family could need to evacuate if the water rises much more.

“I’ve pretty much lived on the radar and calling my wife and figuring out if it’s raining or flooding,” Pennington said.

While his family has remained relatively safe, he said the images he’s seen on television, and stories he’s heard, […]    

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